Pre-Screening and Audition Repertoire

All applicants are required to upload pre-screening videos as part of the application process. Pre-screening and audition repertoire must follow the guidelines outlined below. Appropriate repertoire substitutions may be made upon approval from the Music Academy manager of admissions. If your instrument is not listed below, please contact the Music Academy at musicacademy@colburnschool.edu for repertoire requirements.

Etudes
Weissenborn, 50 Advanced Studies: One slow and one fast etude

Concerto
Weber Concerto in F, movements 1 and 2

Memorization of repertoire and accompaniment is not required.

Concerto
Prepare the first movement of one of the following:

  • Barber – Concerto
  • Dvořák – Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104
  • Haydn – Concerto in D Major
  • Prokofiev – Symphonie Concertante, Op. 125
  • Tchaikovsky – Rococo Variations, Op. 33 (complete)

Other
One virtuoso piece of the applicant’s choice

All cello repertoire must be memorized, with no exceptions. Accompaniment for the concerto is preferred.

Etudes
Choose one of the following caprices:
• 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, or 17
from Paganini, Dix-Sept Caprices adapted for the clarinet and published by Éditions Musicales Alphonse Leduc.

Concerto
Choose one of the following and prepare any two movements of the concerto:

  • Copland Concerto (entire work)
  • Corigliano Concerto
  • Mozart Concerto, K. 622
  • Nielsen Concerto
  • Weber Concerto No. 2 in E-flat

Memorization of repertoire is highly recommended but not required.

Solo
Solo of the applicant’s choice

Scales
1 major scale and arpeggio and 1 minor scale and arpeggio (two octaves)

Excerpt
Mozart Symphony No. 36 in D Major, movement 1, letter A (measures 42-62)

Memorization of repertoire is not required.

Etudes
Etude #1 from Anderson, Op. 33

Mozart Concerto
Movements 1 and 2 from either Concerto in G Major or Concerto in D Major

Additional Concerto
Choose between the Ibert Concerto (movements 1 and 2 OR movement 3) or the Nielson Concerto (movement 1)

Memorization of audition repertoire (except for etudes) is highly recommended but not required.

Concerto
One movement of a concerto of choice

Contrasting Movement
One contrasting movement of a solo piece (unaccompanied piece, sonata, or of the same concerto)

Memorization is not required.

Marimba
Solo of applicant’s choice

Snare Drum
Solo of applicant’s choice

Timpani
Solo of applicant’s choice

Etude
Virtuosic Etude (Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, or Stravinsky)

Baroque
A baroque composition

Sonata
A classical sonata movement by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, or Schubert

Other Work
A work from the romantic period or 20th/21st century

All piano repertoire must be memorized, with no exceptions. The live audition will include sightreading.

Bach
An unaccompanied movement of the applicant’s choice

Concerto
One movement of a concerto

All violin repertoire must be memorized, with no exceptions.

Concerto
The first movement of a major concerto such as Bartók, Hindemith, Walton, Stamitz, or Hoffmeister

Sonata
A movement of a sonata with piano or comparable work, such as the Bruch Romance

Bach
A movement from an unaccompanied work

All viola repertoire must be memorized, except the sonata movement with piano.